Mr Carlos Ferreiro Rangel

Research Associate



+44(0)131 6505997



Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes


     I am a Chemical Engineer from Simon Bolivar University (Venezuela, BEng. 2000), and further specialized in Reservoir Engineering (Simon Bolivar University, MSc. 2003) with a scholarship from the oil and gas industry. After working for the oil and gas industry for a short period I returned to academia where I was awarded a mobility-grant by the EU Lignocarb-Alpha project. This lead to a Ph.D. (2011) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, where I studied the design of periodic mesoporous materials towards carbon capture applications.
     Afterwards, I gained post-doctoral experience at the University of Texas at Dallas (USA) working with Dr Lev Gelb on the study of silica aerogels, and at the University of Strathclyde (UK) working with Dr Miguel Jorge to understand the processes taking place in the precursor solutions for the synthesis of periodic mesoporous silica materials. Soon after I undertook knowledge exchange responsibilities at the same institution, helping design and deliver professional development courses as well as new chemical engineering MSc modules. Presently, I am a Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh working with Dr Martin Sweatman studying the formation of giant clusters in systems at equilibrium, of high importance for crystallisation processes and which can be linked to the early stages of life evolution on earth.
     Further to my research experience, I have continuously and actively participated in delivering teaching material to undergraduate students and supervising BEng/MSc projects. In general, I find the teaching experience to be particularly gratifying and a great complement to research duties.

Academic Qualifications: 

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering  (2011) - The University of Edinburgh

MSc.   Reservoir Engineering  (2003) - University Simon Bolivar

BEng. Chemical Engineering  (2000) - University Simon Bolivar

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

Chemical Engineering Society (Venezuela)

Franco-Venezuelan Society of Engineers and Scientists


At present, 

  1. Process Analysis in Chemical Engineering (DL-Lecturer, University of Strathclyde)
  2. Chemical Engineering II (Tutorials, Chemical Engineering Department)


  1. Chemical Engineering Design and Advanced IT (Tutorials, University of Strathclyde)
  2. Advance Separations and Problem Solving (Tutorials, University of Strathclyde)

Research Interests: 

     While in the oil/gas industry I studied the properties of reservoir fluids with significant asphaltene content and challenging rheological behaviour. I was particularly interested in understanding how changes in viscosity were related to variations in other fluid properties (such as GOR, density, SARA content) in order to develop a generalized approach to quantify and predict viscosity changes across multiple reservoirs. Furthermore, I was keen on finding key elements linking the asphaltene flocculation point to changes in the viscosity behaviour of these fluids.

Presently research focuses on the use of computational techniques such as kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC), Monte Carlo (MC), Molecular Dynamics (MD), to study different systems relevant in chemical engineering applications. In particular, I am currently using a multi-scale approach involving a combination of atomistic, coarse-grained, and DFT calculations to study the phase equilibrium of systems presenting a stable heterogeneous phase in solution (i.e. clusters). Our research is of paramaunt of paramount importance in the pharmaceutical industry, and, quite possibly,  may provide key information on the understanding of the early stages of life evolution on earth.

My research interests are mainly on the understanding of:

  • the synthesis of mesoporous silica materials

  • the synthesis of aerogel materials for insulation and aerospace applications

  • fluid phase equilibria, with emphasis on systems showing heterogeneous phases, such as SALR fluids and asphaltene solutions

Here is a list of my key publications,

Predicting Neopentane Isosteric Enthalpy of Adsorption at Zero Coverage in MCM-41

     Carmelo Herdes, Carlos Augusto Ferreiro-Rangel, Tina Düren

Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulation of the Synthesis of Periodic Mesoporous Silicas SBA-2 and STAC-1: Generation of Realistic Atomistic Models

   Carlos A. Ferreiro-Rangel, Magdalena M. Lozinska, Paul A. Wright, Nigel A. Seaton, Tina Düren

Investigation of the Bulk Modulus of Silica Aerogel using Molecular Dynamics Simulations of a Coarse-Grained Model

     Carlos A. Ferreiro-Rangel, Lev David Gelb

Pore-Network Connectivity and Molecular Sieving of Normal and Isoalkanes in the Mesoporous Silica SBA-2

     Manuel Pérez-Mendoza, Jorge González, Carlos A. Ferreiro-Rangel, Magdalena M. Lozinska, Nigel A. Seaton

Grand-Canonical Monte Carlo Adsorption Studies on SBA-2 Periodic Mesoporous Silicas

     Carlos A. Ferreiro-Rangel, Nigel A. Seaton, Tina Düren

Computational Study of Uniaxial Deformations in Silica Aerogel Using a Coarse-Grained Model

     Carlos A. Ferreiro-Rangel, Lev David Gelb

A Transferable Model for Adsorption in MOFs with Unsaturated Metal Sites

     Christopher Campbell, Carlos A. Ferreiro-Rangel, Michael Fisher, José R. B. Gomes, Miguel Jorge


I encourage learning by using an analytical approach, understanding the topics at hand through the interactive solution and discussion of exemplar problems, which increase in complexity as more concepts are incorporated into the course.

My research specialty is in molecular simulation applied to: soft condensed matter, phase equilibria, synthesis of mesoporous materials, and adsorption.